the large, man-made outdoor space that serves as the site of the Hunger Games. The Gamemakers build a new one every year. The arena is filled with challenges that the tributes have to overcome in order to survive.
a deep, brilliant shade of blue
infatuated or drunk
Also known as Career Tributes. Young men and women who have been training their whole lives to prepare for the Hunger Games. They typically come from the wealthier districts (1, 2, or 4).
A symbol of plenty consisting of a goat's horn overflowing with sustenance. In the Hunger Games, it marks the tributes' entry into the arena and is filled with weapons and sustenance to help them survive.
rudely brief or abrupt
Panem is divided into 12 (formerly 13) districts, each defined by a special industry. They are forbidden from communicating with one another and all fall under the control of the Capitol.
avoid or escape
strangulation or a weapon, like a length of wire, used to strangle
a cushion for kneeling
melodramatic; excessively emotional or dramatic
A bird that repeats everything it hears, once utilized by the Capitol to spy on its citizens.
The unintended result of cross-breeding between the Capitol-invented Jabberjays and ordinary mockingbirds. The mockingjay is the symbol of the rebellion and the name of the 3rd book in the Hunger Games trilogy.
a powerful painkiller from the Capitol
involving a burdensome amount of effort and difficulty
depending on the will or pleasure of another
the act of provoking or inciting; something that causes anger
one that is sought or pursued
an annual event where two tributes (one girl, one boy) are randomly chosen from each district to compete in that year's Hunger Games.
blame or rebuke
obscene; indecent; bawdy
a spigot used to draw sap from a tree
a gift that sponsors (viewers of the Hunger Games) can send to their chosen tributes during the Hunger Games. These gifts are extremely expensive and often contain some kind of vital tool to help the tribute survive - like food, water, or medicine.
tokens used in Panem to exchange entries in the Hunger Games lottery for food.
a solution of a medicinal substance in an alcoholic solvent
The participants in the Hunger Games who are selected at random from Panem's 12 districts (except during the Quarter Quells).
The small, wealthy neighborhoods that exist in each district to house Hunger Games victors.
Catching Fire Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for Catching Fire is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Bonnie nods. “We took what we could, but food's been so scarce. That's been gone for a while.” The quaver in her voice melts my remaining defenses. She is just a malnourished, injured girl fleeing the Capitol.